We had another beautiful sunrise this morning. I was tempted to sleep in but whenever we’re at the beach on the east coast, the sun draws me out of bed before it rises above the horizon. It’s one of the things I enjoy about being at the beach — watching the sun come up.
M and I decided to walk over to Fort Lauderdale and check out the Intracoastal Waterway. We have talked about taking the water taxi for a ride around Fort Lauderdale but are unlikely to get around to it this trip. This would not have been a particularly good beach day. It’s been sunny, but chilly and very windy.
Our walk took us along the Galt Ocean Mile which is lined with palm trees and high-rise condos. If interested, you can read a short history of Galt Mile here.
We decided to have lunch by the Intracoastal Waterway and had researched it before leaving the condo, coming across this place: Shooters Waterfront Cafe. We had a leisurely lunch of peel ‘n eat shrimp, crab cakes, and lobster roll while sipping a nice white wine and watching the boats on the waterway.
The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is 3,000 miles long, running from Boston, Massachusetts to Key West, Florida. It provides sheltered passage for commercial and leisure boats that wish to avoid the open ocean. The Fort Lauderdale portion of it has over 60 marinas and is crisscrossed with canals and residential developments.
After lunch we meandered around outside along the dock, enjoying the day and watching the boats.
We didn’t see any manatees. Just boats and people and signs about all sorts of hazards, including a type of footwear:
Thankfully I was wearing sneakers and had few worries although I did fail to see a small ramp and went on a small trip without falling down.
A little while later we strolled back to where we’re staying, taking some of the side streets to check out some of the businesses, a lot of which were closed (for good, it appears). We stopped at an Irish Pub, thinking to have a pint, but it was cigarette smoke-filled and the beer choices weren’t all that great.
(The A1A, aka Ocean Drive.)
We walked about 4 miles all in all. It was a nice walk. Back at the resort we grabbed our stuff and went down to the pool deck to sit in the sun, read, and watch the waves roll in.
(View from where I was sitting on the pool deck.)
(Resting after the walk.)